Jaguar XE Sports Sedan to Offer Supercharged V-6 from F-type

Jaguar XE will get V-6 power

Piece by piece, Jaguar is revealing more information about its upcoming XE compact sports sedan. Announced at the Geneva auto show last month, it already has its own page on Jaguar’s U.K. and U.S. customer websites. It’s the U.K. site that reveals that the car will be offered with a supercharged 3.0-liter V-6—an engine that is shared with a number of other vehicles, including the F-Type sports car and the XF and XJ sedans. 

Specifically, Jaguar’s site says that the XE will feature “a range of engine capacities and outputs for different drivers, including the F-Type’s roaring V-6.” Built atop an aluminum architecture, we expect the XE’s body to feature a mixture of aluminum and steel. In a previous release, Jaguar called its architecture “aluminum intensive.”

It was already known that the XE will be available with a range of in-house four-cylinder gasoline and diesel engines dubbed “Ingenium.” Adding a six-cylinder will align it with competitors such as the Audi A4, Cadillac ATS, BMW 3-series, Lexus IS, and Mercedes-Benz C-class, all of which can be specified with six-pot engines.

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The new, “roaring” engine will make well over 300 horsepower in the XE; it makes either 340 or 380 in the F-type, depending on trim level. Offering the V-6 is primarily a move made for the U.S. market, and you can expect to see it—and the car, natch—at our dealerships in early 2016.

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